October is “Virginia Wine Month”, a month-long celebration of local wine with special events, tastings, festivals and more. The Virginia wine industry has grown tremendously, now ranking 5th in the nation for wine production, including more than 200 wineries and dozens of wine trails. The closest wine trail can be found right here in Botetourt County.
The Wine Trail of Botetourt County features three charming, family-run vineyards that place a special emphasis on quality wines made with old-world techniques. You’ll find a wine to please every palate, from a light and sweet white to a full-bodied red.
Located at the head of the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Vineyard features almost 300 acres of pastures, woodlands, mountains and valleys, creating a setting of quiet serenity. Step back in time and enjoy old world wines such as Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc. Surround yourself with the unsurpassed views of the mountains from the rustic barn, hike the wooded trails, or enjoy the vineyard as four generations of family work to provide you with uniquely hand-crafted wines from old growth vines. Winner of three medals in the 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup, Winner of five gold medals for the 2010 Virginia Wine Lover Magazine. Learn more.
Botetourt County’s first farm winery that is family owned and operated. Fincastle Vineyard and Winery produces fine wines from the old world vinifera grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay. The winery places special emphasis on the quality of their wines, using traditional Bordeaux small scale techniques. Wander through the vineyards, tour the mountainside winery, and sample the fine wines in the tasting room. A Bed & Breakfast is open in the charming old farmhouse adjacent to the winery. Learn more.
Visit Virginia Mountain Vineyards, located on 100 acres just outside historic Fincastle. They are a first generation family owned and operated vineyard and winery, offering a variety of sweet and dry wines produced from 100% Virginia grown vinifera vines. Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine as you picnic in the Gazebo and absorb the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Winner of 2009, 2010, and 2012 Governor’s Cup Award. Learn more.